* Do we need TWO MORE NUCLEAR REACTORS just 44 miles from Charlotte?

IF the two Lee Station nuclear reactors 1 and 2 are approved, financed, built, and brought on line, Charlotte would have 8 nuclear reactors within 70 miles of uptown!

McGuire Reactor # 1 and #2 – 17 miles from Center City Charlotte

Catawba Reactor #1 and #2 – 18 miles from Center City Charlotte

H B Robinson Reactor – 68 miles from Center City Charlotte

Virgil C Summer Reactor – 70 miles from Center City Charlotte

Learn about the proposed environmental impact statement for the Lee Nuclear Station Reactors 1 and 2.

Share your comments, concerns, and issues on the environmental impact of this decision.

Plan to attend and speak at one of the two public meetings being held in Gaffney, SC on Thursday, January 19, 2012.

Public Meeting: William States Lee III Nuclear Station Units 1 and 2 licenses application

Format: The public meeting is being held to provide an opportunity for the public to submit comments to NRC on the draft environmental impact statement (DEIS).   The meetings will be transcribed and will include: (1) A presentation of the contents of the draft EIS; and (2) the opportunity for interested government agencies, organizations, and individuals to provide comments on the draft report. To be considered, comments must be provided during the transcribed public meeting either orally or in writing.

Additionally, the NRC and USACE staff will host informal discussions one hour before the start of each meeting during which members of the public may meet and talk with staff members on an informal basis. No formal comments on the draft EIS will be accepted during the informal discussions.

Date: Thursday, January 19, 2012

Times: First Public Meeting: 1:00 PM (Arrive at 12:30 PM to sign up to speak by 12:45 PM)

Second Public Meeting: 7:00 PM (Arrive at 6:30 PM to sign up to speak by 6:45 PM)

Location: Restoration Church International, 1905 North Limestone Street, Gaffney, SC  29340

Pre-registration to speak: Contacting NRC staff Sarah Lopas (800) 368-5642, ext.1147 or sarah.lopas@nrc.gov  by January 17th.

To read the official hearing announcement: NUCLEAR REGULATORY COMMISSION [Docket Nos. 52–018 and 52–019; NRC–2008–0170] at http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2011-12-21/pdf/2011-32649.pdf.

To submit comments:  Always reference “76 FR 79228, December 21, 2011” in the subject line.

Deadline is March, 6, 2012.

Email: Lee.Colaeis@nrc.gov

Fax: 301-492-3446

Snail mail: Chief of Rulemaking and Directives Branch, Reference: “76 FR 79228, December 21, 2011”, Office of Administration, Mail Stop: TWB-05-B01M, US Nuclear Regulatory Commission, Washington, DC  20555-0001.







1)  Nuclear Power Is Dangerous:  Radiation exposure damages reproductive cells, immune system—causes genetic mutations and cancer, spontaneous abortion, mental retardation, spina bifida, heart disease, leukemia and more. (National Academy of Sciences, BEIR V & V!!; World Health Organization) .   The truth is……..we all are at risk…….depends on where the water flows and the wind blows.  According to the National Academy of Science, there is no safe level of radiation. You cannot taste it, smell it or see it.  Health effects can show up 10-30 years later. The NRC chief reported to Sen. Barbara Boxer in a recent report that 26 million potassium iodide tablets have been distributed to States.  US population is 310.5 million.  The so called 10 mile and 50 mile risk area around nuclear plants doesn’t hold true to the people and children of Belarus , victims of 1986 Chernobyl fallout who are still suffering debilitating diseases as a result of contamination from 124 miles away.  In Japan, Fukushima has sent fallout to Tokyo and Asheville is 3 times closer to Gaffney’s proposed nuclear site.

The NRC quotes the research done from the Chernobyl accident where thyroid cancer in children who ate radioactive food supplies OUTSIDE the safety zones was reported.  There is also Chernobyl Heart, a genetic disorder in which children in Ukraine are born with holes in their hearts.  Is nuclear worth this kind of risk and human suffering?

2) Broad River:  Lee Nuclear Plant would use 47 million gallons of water per day with 75% loss through evaporation. Two large cooling lakes, (one is a 3 day back-up) would steam and cool 2 reactors that produce as much heat as 1200  atomic bombs. Even the NRC calls the Broad River “small” and climate changes suggest possible droughts.  Shut down could happen due to lack of water for cooling; a very dangerous occurrence.  It currently supports a hydropower station, the huge Cliffside coal plant only 16 miles upriver and Summer nuclear plant ( 1 reactor, 2 more proposed) downstream near Columbia, SC . After use, water is returned to the river as “thermal pollution” (warm water) which stresses fish, other animals living in the area and negatively impacts the surrounding environment.  The SC Dept of Natural Resources list the Carolina Fantail Darter fish that lives in the Broad River as “critically imperiled” in South Carolina & warns of “high conservation priority”.

3) Money Problems:  Price tag for the 2 nuclear reactors has grown from $11 to $14 billion.  Duke Power wants customers, 70% in NC and 30% in SC, to pay pre-construction costs through rate hikes in addition to taxpayers shouldering the entire financial risk through Federal Loan Guarantees.  Another Bail-Out in the making! Wall Street won’t invest because as the Congressional Budget Office says, default rate on loans for new reactors “very high well above 50%”. Duke and Progress said their proposed merger was the only way to build more nuclear but the Fed. Govt. has refused the request twice in opposition to such a large monopoly.  The estimated start-up date is from 2018 to 2020.

4) Uranium Mining: Uranium fuel is not a renewable or clean source of energy.  Miners have been diagnosed with lung diseases, cancer. Uranium mining releases radon from the ground into the atmosphere. Mines and mining waste can release radionuclide, including radon and other pollutants to streams, springs, and other bodies of water.  Virginia …..possible new uranium mine.

5) Nuclear Waste:  Storing radioactive waste on-site has contaminated ground water at many reactor sites. After more than 40 years of commercial radioactive waste generation, there is no long term location to keep it safe and contrary to many claims, no way to “recycle” it. Out of 104 US reactor sites, 100 have contaminated soil leading to contaminated ground water.  Why will Lee be different?  Nuclear waste remains radioactive for millions of years. This is critical to safety planning. There is Currently 145 million Tons of waste at 77 US sites.

6) AP1000 Westinghouse Reactor:  Rep Ed Markey’s statement: “Instead of doing all they should to protect nuclear reactors against seismically-induced ground acceleration, these Commissioners (NRC) voted to approve the acceleration of reactor construction. “ “They have fast-tracked construction of a reactor whose shield building could ‘shatter like a glass cup’ if impacted by an earthquake or other natural or man-made impact”.  This is a new design, never been built, that is proposed for 14 new reactors in the Southeast.


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